[Vision2020] Pastor rebuts statements by victim of child abuse
kmmos1 at frontier.com
Tue Apr 19 05:39:49 PDT 2016
With hardly abated breath one awaits the next headline:
Serial rebutting gets community's pastoral goat
On 4/19/2016 3:24 AM, Moscow Cares wrote:
> Courtesy of today's (April 19, 2016) Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
> Pastor rebuts statements by victim of child abuse
> Christ Church was not involved in the sentencing of a
> pastor-in-training about 10 years ago for felony injury to a child,
> Doug Wilson, senior pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, wrote Monday in
> an email to the Daily News.
> He was responding to a story, "Survivors: 'Listen to me,' " on Page
> One of the April 15 edition.
> The victim in the case, Natalie Greenfield, who spoke April 14 at the
> University of Idaho, detailed her seduction as a 13-year-old by the
> man who was 10 years older. She was quoted as saying that "Christ
> Church fought for him tooth and nail."
> "The Greenfields could have insisted on going to trial, and they were
> the ones who decided not to," Wilson wrote. "My understanding is that
> the reason they decided not to is because Jamin (Wight) had journals
> in his possession, written by Natalie, that he could have used in his
> defense in open court."
> She alleges the church told her parents not to go to trial, and church
> members wrote to the court on her abuser's behalf and brought her own
> character into question.
> "A plea deal was settled, which Christ Church had nothing to do with,"
> Wilson wrote. "The reason Jamin 'got off light' was entirely due to
> the arrangement the Greenfields made with the state of Idaho."
> Wilson wrote, "Jamin deserved the punishment he received, and I happen
> to believe that he could have received a stricter punishment without
> any injustice.
> "So if you want to blame someone for the sentence, then you need to
> limit your candidates to the state of Idaho and the Greenfields," he
> He wrote that Natalie's father might object to that account of things.
> Wilson went on: "He is (literally, not just figuratively) a
> flat-earther. And the reason for bringing this up is NOT because
> flat-earthers deserve to have their daughters abused, but rather
> because flat-earthers ought not to be trusted when it comes to what
> constitutes reasonable evidence."
> The Greenfields were members of Christ Church. Wight, of Potlatch,
> stayed at their house in Moscow's Fort Russell neighborhood, but he
> attended Trinity Reformed Church, headed at the time by Peter J.
> Leithart, a faculty member at New Saint Andrews College.
> Leithart wrote of that time in a Facebook posting in September.
> Of Jamin Wight, he wrote, "I allowed him to manipulate me. A number of
> the things I said about Jamin to the congregation and court at the
> time his abuse was uncovered were spun in Jamin's favor.
> "I trusted his account of the circumstances more readily and longer
> than I should have, and conversely I disbelieved the victim's
> parents," Leithart wrote. "I didn't appreciate how much damage Jamin
> did, and I was naive about the effect that the abuse had on the
> victim's family."
> Case #2005-02500 (Jamin Wight)
> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
> "Moscow Cares"
> http://www.MoscowCares.com <http://www.moscowcares.com/>
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
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